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Running off the road toward Insanity Cliff

Running off the road toward Insanity Cliff

Andrew Burnes, Editor

October 15, 2015

So it’s come to this. Three years ago, I took a class on this campus under one of my favorite people: Noah Nelson. It was the year 2012 and the presidential election was at full strength. It was our class’s job to watch the presidential debates, learn about the two candidates, and decide who would...

9/11: A story about people

9/11: A story about people

Andrew Burnes, Editor

September 11, 2015

It’s a date that we all know well. Its haunting story now graces the pages of every history text. Where two massive towers proudly stood atop the Manhattan skyline, there are now two holes in the ground and the memory of what occurred on that grisly day. In the distance, a new huge tower rises up to...

Religious freedom masking discrimination

Religious freedom masking discrimination

Joseph Alderman, News Editor

April 9, 2015

It is becoming a strange and disturbing habit of late for people to try to abuse others in the name of freedom. The most recent and publicized example of this is Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Act, a document authored under the guise of defending the religious practices of residents and combatting...

The debate on bathrooms: Who can go where?

Patricia Dillon, Managing Editor

April 9, 2015

Florida, Texas, and other states have drafted a bill that would make it illegal for a person to enter a bathroom not designated for the biological sex he or she was assigned at birth. In Texas, a bill has also been presented where a bystander can sue a transgender person for up to $2000 dollars plus...

Give Schools a Chance

Joseph Alderman, News Editor

March 24, 2015

In a move to roll back some of the issues with Bush-era education policies, the U.S. legislature attempted to move forward with more education budget reforms, this time hoping to change the way Title I federal funds are used by the states, which currently are regulated by federal mandates requiring their...

Sweeping the Vacci-Nation

Sweeping the Vacci-Nation

Joseph Alderman, News Editor

February 17, 2015

Ever since former doctor Andrew Wakefield co-authored a 1998 paper claiming a connection between MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations and autism, there has been an ever-growing movement of people opposing the practice. Despite the fact that Wakefield has now been publicly revealed as a fraud...

Retirement community vs. the college life

Patricia Dillon, Managing Editor

February 17, 2015

If you click on the “Retire in Commerce Texas” tab on the commercetx.org website, you’ll be directed to an exagerrated  idea of what the small town of Commerce, Texas is. The city is advertising itself as a perfect place for retirement when the majority of the population, nine months out of the...

Learning a foreign language: Why bother?

Patricia Dillon, Managing Editor

February 2, 2015

With English being one of the predominant business languages around the globe, many Americans may wonder why they should bother learning a foreign language. If translators are readily available in numerous countries, then why should learning a foreign language be required for native English speakers? Unfortunately...

A Mathematician’s Apology

Ismael Isak, Staff Writer

November 13, 2014

I recently heard an anecdote about a math teacher who was teaching a group of students about sequences and series. He showed them that a particular sequence of numbers adds up to a certain amount. When he was done, a student asked him, “What’s the point of that?” Now that seriously bothers me because...

The Internet has spoiled us

Ryan Scott, Sports Editor

November 5, 2014

Throughout the history of mankind, humans have looked for ways to convey ideas and messages to one another in the easiest and most convenient ways possible. Through prehistoric times, humans created things such as language and writing were created to serve as a way for humans to send these messages....

Hiding behind the curtain of anonymity

Ryan Scott, Sports Editor

October 22, 2014

It’s no secret that the rise of the internet in the last 20 years has had one of the biggest impacts on humankind in all of recorded history. With what seems like an endless amount of possibilities, the internet can seem like a magical place where anything can happen if you have enough time on your...

‘One cannot survive without math’

Ismael Isak, Senior Reporter

October 15, 2014

When I was a child I enjoyed doing magic tricks. My younger siblings and parents loved it. But I soon realized I couldn’t go far with magic because I thought to myself, “Hey if they loved that trick then they will really love how it works.” So I showed them, and I got a blank stare from my little...

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